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  1. BlindedByScience

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)

    Still can't get MW2 to play...and this isn't my first rodeo. Shit is ridiculous. I've reset my PW...twice. You can go onto Steam and associate your account with Activision (did that). You can go onto Activision and associate your account with Steam (did that too). Still getting the 'invalid...
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    Does Microsoft still sell MS Office? or does everyone has to rent indefinitely w/ Office 365?

    Another Libre Office user. Nothing but good things to say. Be sure to donate a few bucks when you download it.....
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    Are all DVD writers the same these days?

    I've got an HD DVD player around here somewhere....and a few movies to go with it. The Betamax of optical disks, lol......
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    FS: MSI GeForce GTX970 - Price Reduced

    Bump for the reduced price......
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    FS: MSI GeForce GTX970 - Price Reduced

    Bump for a nice video card.....
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    FS: MSI GeForce GTX970 - Price Reduced

    Title says it all...it's a great starter or 2nd card, never given me any trouble. Never OC'd or mined on. Was $150.00, now $125.00 shipped USPS priority to the lower 48. Thanks for reading...!!
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    CPU Cooler Performance

    Might look at the Noctua NH-U9S. Just put one in my AMD build, really working out well. Only 125mm tall. Depends on how slim your slimline case is..... Another one that should fit is the Noctua NH-L9i....
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    Warm Ryzen CPUs getting that price drop ?

    In the FWIW department, I built a 5700G system using on board graphics for my office....and I love it. Seems very fast and solid. Will be using it for doing some audio processing and circuit simulation / schematic capture. And COD....;-)
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    Recommended online retailers?

    I like Amazon for the reason that returns are simple and painless. It happens....like when you find out the memory you ordered doesn't like your new motherboard (even though it was on the compatibility list). Prices seem market rate-ish. Anyway, they're my current go to for parts. One man's...
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    Ars Technica article: No end to chip shortages

    We buy extra as possible, but SMT parts have a shelf life in terms of solder ability. You can bake IC's to some degree, not very practical with 0402 and 0201 parts. Its a lousy situation, all the way.
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    Ars Technica article: No end to chip shortages

    ... it's not just chips that are in short supply. Stupid passive parts like SMT resistors and capacitors are brutal to find in production quantities. One power supply part we use was typically purchased for $0.28, and our commodity people found a few thousand....for $37.00 each. I'm not kidding...
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    After multiple power cycles and recoveries from stand by, it's working as expected. REALLY appreciate the suggestions..!! One more tool in the toolbox, one more thing to check when things go bozo..... learners permit - I'm really digging the 5700G. It's fast as can be, and the graphics are...
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    Still power cycling, still starting like it should. Maybe, just maybe....this sobered it up. Thanks again for your suggestions...and, maybe I got it. I'll cycle it a few more times tonight, and again tomorrow, and post the results.
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    ...oh, and the idle temp with the Noctua is ~14C lower than the OEM HSF....:cool:
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. Really appreciated..!! I'll power cycle it a few times today, and let you know what's up.
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    Brand new Corsair CX650M. Typing this on the system. Tried something; removed the HSF, removed the CPU, made sure everything was CLEAN (it was). Pulled and reseated the RAM just because it was easy. Put the CPU back in there, applying pressure to the center of the heat spreader while I...
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    I really appreciate the suggestion. Seems obvious, but I can't imagine the failure mechanism with the Noctua....and I run Noctua's in all the machines here, and like them a lot. I was careful taking the OEM HS off, let it run for a while to get it warm, came off without any violence. CPU...
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    Seems obvious....haven't tried it yet. But I will. I cannot imagine why and how the HS could cause this issue.......kinda like changing your tail light bulbs and having the transmission fall out.....:eek:
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    Wont boot when warm - new AMD Ryzen 7 5700G - Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P

    Really scratching my head over this one. I wanted a machine for my office, doing some audio processing and circuit simulations, nothing too expensive so the integrated graphics were appealing. Put together a system with a AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, on a Gigabyte B550M Aorus PRO-P with 32Gb of Team...
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    Best <= $500 Email/Web box for pops?

    I wanted a 2nd box for my office; doing some audio production, engineering design work. Decided to build a box around the AMD R7 5700G on a Gigabyte B550M Aorus Pro motherboard. Very respectable integrated graphics on this processor. With that processor, 32Gb of ram, 1Tb SSD, it blows your...
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    FS: NIB GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS ULTRA LGA 1200 Intel Z590 Motherboard

    Bump for a nice MoBo (if I do say so myself)...
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    FS: NIB GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS ULTRA LGA 1200 Intel Z590 Motherboard

    Greetings - actually won a NewEgg Shuffle and I ended up with a brand new Gigabyte Z590 Aorus Ultra LGA 1200 Motherboard that's not needed. Here's the link to the board I have for sale: https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813145270?Item=N82E16813145270 I opened the box long enough to make sure it...
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    have you gotten your new NVidia/AMD upgrade card yet? Why not?

    Putting a high end build together for a buddy, and my machine is sorely in need of an upgrade. I'd buy a 3090 and a 3080.....today if I could, at retail prices. I enter the NewEgg lottery, am on the list at EVGA....but I'm not chasing cards.
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    Thermal paste on Ryzen CPU pins

    I'd try some PCB flux cleaner. A spray may do it without resorting to brushing. I'd be concerned about any brushing of those pins, but maybe that's just me. I use this stuff on newly completed or repaired projects....it just may work. It's designed for cleaning PCB's so it shouldn't attack...
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    Win 11 pro's? con's? opinions?

    You guys were right, feeling a little stupid here. It is indeed available, and as posted, for Intel it's called "PTT" (platform trust technology). Found it in BIOS, enabled it, all seems good now.
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    Win 11 pro's? con's? opinions?

    AMD yes, Intel....apparently not.
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    Win 11 pro's? con's? opinions?

    Looks like Z370 owners are in the same boat. My and my wife's PC's are identical. I'm sure there will be lots of discussion.
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    Win 11 pro's? con's? opinions?

    Negative. In BIOS, I get a 'No Device Detected' message and that's that. Seems unless there's hardware in the socket, it's a no go.
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    Win 11 pro's? con's? opinions?

    My not that old Z370 from Gigabyte has a socket for a TPM module, but finding one on line seems daunting (OOS everywhere I've looked). Hopefully, with demand comes some availability, and not like video cards......
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    Is there a brand of laptop that doesn't eventually come apart?

    My company issues us Lenovo laptops, and they're solid as can be. That's the one I'll buy when the time comes.
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    [DEAD]- Full Complete USB Streaming Microphone Kit - $8 w/code on Amazon

    I snuck one in before the gate fell, so we'll see what happens......
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    Soo basically 3060s are coming out yet people can't even buy what they released Sept 17th?

    I'm looking forward to a 3070 when I can get my hands on one, not going to spend hours at the desk refreshing my screen trying to score one. Madness. And, if AMD comes along with a comparable or faster card that I can buy without extreme measures.......
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    The 970 is still a capable card? Heresy

    Guilty as charged, still running my old GTX970. Built a new system a year or so ago, but kept this card as the new cards from nVidia and AMD were all on the horizon, lots of talk in the industry. Figured I'd wait. But, make no mistake, I'm going to buy something very new after the AMD dust...
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    Official NVIDIA Ampere In-Stock Thread

    I've got a buddy what wants me to build him a monster game machine, he's after a 3090. I'd like a 3080 for myself. Don't see it happening before the first of the year, and I've kept my eyes open but I don't sit an refresh order screens..... If AMD gets their stuff together, and it's in...
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    Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

    NAS storage for the win.....local, I mean.
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    How Intel's changing the future of power supplies with its ATX12VO spec

    Oh, and a quick search of USB chipsets shows +5.0V is antique. I know most chipsets used to have 3.3V as a common I/O voltage (GPIO, NVM, etc.) but more and more, it's 2.5 / 1.8V Short answer is +5.0V is not the requirement it once was. Distributing +12V and doing POL voltage regulation makes...
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